Focus and Scope

Croatian Nursing Journal is a peer-reviewed nursing journal that publishes original articles that advance and improve nursing science and practice and that serve the purpose of transfer of original and valuable information to journal readers. Croatian Nursing Journal is published biannualy in the English language. Authors are invited to submit original papers in the form of research findings, systematic and methodological review and literature review related to nursing.


Section Policies


All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgments. All authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the whole work, from inception to published article. Each manuscript is checked for plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that it will be screened for plagiarism against previous published works.


Papers dealing with experiments on human subjects should clearly indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional or regional responsible committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration and Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals. This must be stated at an appropriate point in the article.


List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript.

References style should follow the NLM standards summarized in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References, available at

References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” and in case of e-publication ahead of print, the author should provide DOI. The author should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication.

List of references should include only those references that are important to the text. Long list of references is not desirable because they consume too much space. We kindly ask that authors limit their references to 50 in total. All citations in the text must be listed in the references, and all references should be cited in the text. References should be the most current available on the topic.


After submission of the manuscript, the author will receive a letter confirming manuscript receipt. All manuscripts received are anonymously sent to two reviewers. Croatian Nursing Journal is committed to promote peer review quality and fairness. The reviewers are asked to treat the manuscript with confidentiality. Authors are welcome to suggest up to five potential reviewers for their manuscript (excluding co-authors or collaborators for the last three years), or to ask for exclusion of reviewer(s) and the reasons for it. The Editorial Board may or may not accept authors’ suggestions regarding reviewers. Usually four to six months after submission, the authors will receive the reviews. Generally, the instructions, objections and requests made by the reviewers should be closely followed. The authors are invited to revise their manuscript in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions, and to explain amendments made in accordance with the reviewers’ requests. The articles that receive more than one reviewer’s recommendations for “major review” are sent after revision to the same reviewer, who makes final recommendation about the revised article. Based on the reviewers’ suggestions and recommendations, the Editorial Board makes final decision about the acceptance of the submitted article.

Authors will receive a letter confirming acceptance of the paper submitted for publication. Corresponding author will receive page-proof version of the article to make final corrections of possible printing errors.

The Croatian Nursing Journal adheres to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2016) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) general guidelines for ethical conduct in publishing.


For questions about the editorial process (including the status of manuscript under review) please contact the editorial office

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Open Access Policy

The Croatian Nursing Journal uses the Diamond Open Access model.

The articles go through the processes of peer review, and there are NO author charges. All articles are freely available at our website to all users immediately upon publication.